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Where do you buy your camera?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Hugo, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. Hugo

    Hugo Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 28, 2011

    I used to buy all my electronics through Amazon. When I moved to CA last year, I lost tax advantage and I start searching for alternatives. Where do you buy your camera and what's the pros and cons? I'll start it by why I used Amazon until now.

    Price (usually lowest not always)
    Delivery (2 day with Prime and they cross shipping)
    Return Policy (best in the industry)
    Used to be tax free.

  2. siftu

    siftu Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 26, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    B&H or Adorama in you live in CA. I think they both have good shipping and return policies.
  3. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 1, 2010
    My first choice is the forum here. Then eBay. In the rare event that I am buying brand new, B&H and Amazon are the usual suspects. Amazon is now charging tax in my state, so I will avoid buying direct from them. Often, though, "fulfilled by Amazon" gets me Prime shipping and no sales tax because the actual seller is not in my state. This is a pretty good workaround for sales tax where the "fulfilled" option is available.
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  4. Soffritto

    Soffritto Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 1, 2010
  5. Exposed

    Exposed Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 13, 2011
    Central Washington State
    Randy dawson
    If I am in no hurry, and want Olympus I watch for the refurbished on the Olympus site. Next has been Amazon then Adorama. I am never in a hurry so refurbished is the way I go. Found the EM-5 and 12-40pro both on refurbished and not one problem.
  6. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
    B&H almost exclusively.
  7. Aushiker

    Aushiker Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Sep 12, 2014
    Fremantle, Western Australia
    eBay almost exclusively, sometimes JB Hi-Fi if buying new.

  8. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    In order from most usd
    Top 3
    Here (or other boards)

    The rest
    B and h
  9. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    For older stuff, I buy in the classifieds in the forums a lot, and I like refurbs (as new a lot of the times) almost anywhere.

    New stuff that isn't discounted, I buy at my local brick and mortar....or sometimes at the NY online shops
  10. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Mostly B&H, some from the refurbished section of Olympus's U.S. website, and a bit from Adorama and Amazon.
  11. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    If I want to see or try a piece of equipment, then I will buy from one of my local dealers. If I know what I want, then I may buy from them or from B&H.

  12. Halaking

    Halaking Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 17, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Buydig (if they got good deals)
  13. Atom Ant

    Atom Ant Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Melbourne, OZ
    I have purchased all but one of my cameras f2f in shops. Likewise, all my m43 lenses have been purchased f2f in shops, mostly in Elisabeth street. However, most of my old lenses were bought online, especially eBay.

    I like to see the goods before buying, and the price is more than competitive with buying online after postage costs are added.
  14. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    I would be happy to buy in a shop. I would even pay a little more for the service and knowledge. Sadly, there are very few actual camera shops in the US anymore. I go through Amazon mainly.
  15. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2013
    Camera landNY was pretty good when I got an EM5 when nobody else had stock.
    I also buy here, ebay, sometimes BH/Adorama.
  16. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Local store (Cameranu.nl), and eBay/Craigslist-equivalents/used camera forums for lenses, which I usually don't buy new unless I can't avoid it.
  17. tkbslc

    tkbslc Super Moderator

    Regarding the "tax advantage", legally you are required to pay it with your income tax return if the store you bought from didn't collect it. I know hardly anyone does, but just saying.
  18. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    When in the U.S., always from B&H, Adorama and Photo Village. Here in Korea, I get my Olympus gear from the official company store here. With the discounts I receive from Olympus, it's actually cheaper than buying from B&H.
  19. Tapper

    Tapper Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 12, 2013
    I bought most of my Olympus stuff directly from Olympus themselves.

    But I have in the past bought from B&H, Amazon, and one other store I don't like to share because they have a 2 month return window and I'm afraid of too many people finding out and abusing it. ;-)

    Oh, and also Bestbuy in the distant past.
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